Midwife Claire Clarke-Wood joked her entire pregnancy about how funny it would be if she delivered her own baby. In a feat that can only be compared to the ingenuity and strength of Miss Lady MacGyver mixed with The Incredible Hulk, that’s just what she ended up doing.

From The Huffington Post:

Initially, the 28-year-old thought the aches were just back pain, but she soon realized she was having contractions — about 3 weeks early. She alerted her husband about her progress at about 5 a.m., but she thought it would be a while before it was time to give birth. She was wrong. The contractions intensified, and Clarke-Wood soon found herself delivering her own baby in the bathroom, using a hand mirror. Her baby, named Esmay, was born at 7:26 a.m. on Dec. 11.

I hope that all women, especially mothers-to-be, forge an intimate relationship with their bodies, and the home-birthing trend has such wonderful roots and results that it’s hard not to support. But delivering your own baby with a hand mirror? Amazing.

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  • GorgeousSmileLove

    Amazing!!! I often wonder what labor pains feel like, how bad is it???

    • damidwif

      maybe you will get this comment, maybe you wont since i am currently being filter-caught.

      anyway, labor pains are so variable from woman to woman. the best way i could describe it to you would be not unlike my worst menstrual cramps

    • niki

      My son it just felt like mild cramps. My contractions were 5 minutes apart and I spent the better part joking with my mother and aunts. He was my first so I had a pretty easy pregnancy up until delivery (emergency right when it was time to push). My daughter on the other had….I cursed everybody including my very scared husband and the anesthesiologist before I passed out(not to scare you). It was the worst pain. It felt like the worst case of cramps, back pain and a bowel movement all at the same time.
      Needless to say, hubby declared after her birth no more kids. lol.

    • African Mami

      @ niki,

      Girrrrl your story is scarry as all hell, get outta here. You passed out…Jesus! Labor pains scare me the most! I think I might have to shave my hair when that time comes!